The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from January 1, 2008

Action Man Is Dead. Long Live Action Man; AGENDA
Byline: RICHARD MCCOMB It was a "where were you when you heard Kennedy was shot" moment. In fact, I wasn't anywhere when JFK was gunned down, as I hadn't been born. However, the nature of the weaponry used for the presidential assassination is pertinent....
Are You a Digital Native? If You're over 22 You're an Immigrant
Byline: ANDY DENT Are you a digital native? Chances are, if you are reading this column in paper form the answer is no. Are you a digital native? Chances are, if you are reading this column in paper form the answer is no.But if you are reading...
City Women in Screening Trial
Byline: By John von Radowitz Thousands of women are to take part in a screening trial in Birmingham that could pave the way to major changes in the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis. More than 11,000 women from across England will be recruited...
Cricket: India Believe Slower Pitch Can Frustrate Australians
Byline: By Julian Linden in Sydney The prospect of equalling their own world record for consecutive Test wins has given Australia's cricketers an added incentive for the second Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground tomorrow. Initial...
Cricket: Vettori and McCullum in Black Caps' Rout
Byline: By a Special Correspondent in Queenstown New Zealand humiliated Bangladesh by ten wickets in rapid time in the third one-day international at Queenstown yesterday to complete a 3-0 series clean sweep. Captain Daniel Vettori and wicketkeeper-batsman...
Cricket: Warwicks Needing Fresh Guard; George Dobell, Chief Cricket Writer, Reviews a Calamitous Year for Warwickshire Who Face Testing Challenges
Byline: George Dobell Anyone who has had the in-laws to stay for Christmas will surely understand the sentiment that all visitors give pleasure - some with their coming, others with their going. So it proved when Mark Greatbatch's reign at Edgbaston...
Culture: Infidelity Fills Me with Fear; Telvision It's Never Good to Either Be Cheated on or to Be the Cheater, Actress Sarah Parish Tells Gemma Quade
Byline: Gemma Quade Sarah Parish only tied the knot with her partner, Primeval actor James Murray, a matter of weeks ago, but she admits she's extremely glad she's out of her "Bridezilla" phase and can get back to normal. "It was pretty stressful...
Culture: Welcome Glimpse into City's Remarkable Private Art Collections; Visual Arts Telvision
Byline: By Terry Grimley Somehow we tend not to think of Birmingham as a city of art collectors, so an exhibition opening at the Barber Institute later this month is likely to prove a revelation. Behind Closed Doors is the first attempt to reflect...
Employers Warned over Massive Skills Shortage
Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor Employers in a number of key industries in Birmingham are being warned that the UK faces a massive skills shortage over the next few years unless businesses dramatically change their policies towards employing...
Family to Sue Hospital after Twin Daughter Dies Aged Two Weeks
A young family were last night threatening to sue a hospital after the death of their two-week-old daughter. Brooke Herridge was born prematurely and her family claim she died after a blunder when a line used to provide vital nutrients was put in...
FirstLine Will Boost Your Productivity, Boasts Boss
The co-creator of a newly launched 'lean' management software package claims he can improve any Midlands manufacturer's productivity by at least 30 per cent. Telford-based Greg Simpson, a business trouble shooter who helped to achieve efficiency...
Flushed with Success, Then Market Was Felled by a Rock; 2007: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Byline: By Graeme Evans The demise of Northern Rock and the takeover battles for Boots and Sainsbury's were among some of the headline-grabbing stories from a hectic 2007. JANUARY High street retailers Music Zone and Greeting Card Group filed...
FOOTBALL: Blues Need Forward-Thinking Mood at Theatre of Dreams; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United V Birmingham City (Old Trafford, 3pm)
Byline: by Brian Dick Although all the evidence points towards a cautious approach, Mikael Forssell is hoping Birmingham City start with an attacking lineup when they visit the home of the Premier League champions this afternoon. For most of...
FOOTBALL: Harriers out to End Green Hoodoo
Byline: By Colin Stoner Skipper Stuart Whitehead will be available after suspension as Kidderminster Harriers bid to finally end their Forest Green Rovers bogey in the Blue Square Premier League today. Harriers have yet to defeat the Gloucestershire...
FOOTBALL: McLeish Is Wary of Wounded Ferguson; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: Brian Dick. As he takes his Birmingham City team to Old Trafford today, Alex McLeish is mindful of a backlash but not fearful that his first appointment at the Theatre of Dreams may turn into a nightmare, writes Brian Dick. McLeish goes...
FOOTBALL: Phillips Urged to Accept Deal; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Rob Tanner West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray is backing Kevin Phillips to continue his sensational goalscoring form at Ipswich Town today and said he believed the 34-year-old striker will sign a new contract. Phillips will...
FOOTBALL: Robson's Return Gives Wolves Opportunity to Rediscover Form
Byline: by Rob Tanner Mick McCarthy is hoping Wolverhampton Wanderers' encouraging display at Norwich City on Saturday will prove to be the catalyst to a turn around in their fortunes. The 1-1 draw at Carrow Road stretched Wolves' winless streak...
FOOTBALL: Skipper Wrack Hoping for Repeat over Rovers; COCA-COLA LEAGUE ONE
Walsall will be looking to kick off 2008 in the same manner as they ended the year by beating fellow promotion hopefuls Doncaster Rovers at the Banks's Stadium today. Richard Money's side stretched their unbeaten run to 14 games with a 2-0 victory...
FOOTBALL: Villa Target New Year Feast; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa V Tottenham Hotspur (Villa Park, 5.20pm, TV: Sky Sports 1)
Byline: By Lisa Smith Aston Villa left-back Wilfred Bouma believes fans are in for a feast of football in this afternoon's clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park. And while the Dutch international is a huge admirer of the likes of Robbie...
FOOTBALL: Young Guns Give Dowie a Real Boost
Byline: By Lisa Smith Coventry City boss Ian Dowie prepares to take his side to Bristol City today aiming to build on their crucial 2-1 win over Ipswich. The Sky Blues travel to Ashton Gate where they face the high-flying Robins who are still...
Give Young Offenders a Break
Employing young offenders makes good business sense, says a recently published report. In the report, Getting Out to Work, by the Barrow Cadbury Trust and Business in the Community, a range of benefits are explained to companies employing young...
Gunman on the Loose after Policewoman Is Shot in Leg
A gunman was on the loose last night after a policewoman was shot by a robber fleeing from a pub raid. Dog handler Katie Johnson, 29, was blasted in the leg by a shotgun as she responded to a 999 call from the Hospital Inn, in Bamber Bridge, near...
Identifying Rogue Assets? It's a Matter of White or Black; Amrit Williams, Chief Technical Officer at Specialist Firm BigFix, Looks at the Problems of 'Greylisted' IT Devices
Byline: Amrit Williams, Most organisations believe they have a fairly clear picture of how their enterprise network is configured and the devices attached to it. When it comes to identifying rogue assets, it's usually a matter of white or black....
Kenyan Police 'Given Shoot to Kill Orders' INTERNATIONAL
Police facing thousands of demonstrators protesting over Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's election have orders to shoot to kill to quell the violence, they said yesterday. The officers, who did not want to be named, said the order had divided the...
Let's Nurture Home-Grown Talent We Need in Region; AGENDA Our Region Now Has the Opportunity to Nurture the Home-Grown Talent It Needs to Compete in the Fiercely Competitive Global Marketplace, Argues David Cragg, Regional Director of the Learning and Skills Council in the West Midlands
Byline: David Cragg The last 12 months have seen efforts to broaden the region's skills base gather pace. The challenge for 2008 is to maintain that momentum. Critically, employers are increasingly conscious that the skills of their employees...
Letter: Let the People Decide over EU
Byline: COUN PETER HOLLINGWORTH Dear Editor, 2008 will prove a crucial year in the history of Great Britain. We know our MPs want a 10 per cent increase on their pounds 60,000 a year wages yet they no longer make our laws. Seven out of 10 are...
Little Angels Spread Wings with Pounds 500 Cheque
Little angels have been celebrating after receiving a present from generous workers. Pertemps People Development Group employees have donated pounds 500 to the Little Angels Daycare Centre at Hurst Lane, Shard End, Birmingham. The nursery, which...
Login Systems May Force Bank Customers to Log out .
Increasingly complex login systems could be making consumers wary of online banking, new data suggests. A survey from Equifax showed that 73 per cent of consumers were concerned about online security when it comes to using online banking services....
Miners Dig Footsie into Negative Territory; SHARE PRICES MARKET REPORT
The London market ended the final session of the year in negative territory as heavily weighted miners dragged on the index. The FTSE 100 Index finished the shortened trading day down 20 points at 6456.9, marking the end to what has been a turbulent...
Minister Who Keeps an Eye on Two Tough Jobs
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor For Liam Byrne, 2007 was the year he inherited a second poisoned chalice. The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill began the year as the Minister responsible for immigration - possibly the single most difficult...
Minus 17 Claim Is Rubbished by Forecasters
Byline: By Emma Brady Midlanders were last night being urged to brace themselves as temperatures were set to fall to -17 deg C (1.4 deg F) this week. But the long-range forecast by WeatherAction was then rubbished by senior meteorologists at...
New Year Amnesty Sees Pardon for Founder of Daewoo Group; MANUFACTURING
The founder of South Korea's Daewoo Group, who had been given a lengthy jail term for his role in one of the world's largest corporate failures, was pardoned yesterday under a traditional New Year amnesty. Kim Woo-Choong, aged 71, founder and former...
Nintendo Boost for Game Group; RETAIL
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff Computer game retailer Game Group said yesterday that full year profits were on track to beat expectations after a surge in demand for Nintendo video games. The specialist PC and video game chain said sales...
Now Dons of Cambridge Wade into Great Offshoring Debate
Byline: JOHN REVILL Perhaps the well intentioned - albeit misguided - burghers at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce have definitely got it wrong about offshoring. Now I know I am a little late for this heated debate, so let's have a recap. Russell...
Now London Scottish Bank Warns on Profits and Dividend; BANKING
London Scottish Bank marked the end of a torrid year for the banking sector yesterday with a profits and dividend warning. The small debt collection and finance house also announced the worrying news that it would undershoot the Financial Services...
Oil Sits Poised at EUR96 - 58pc Up on a Year Ago; FUEL
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff Oil ended the year steady at near EUR96 a barrel yesterday - up almost 58 per cent on its price 12 months ago, its largest annual gain this decade. Trading was light in advance of today's holiday but the...
Pakistani Officials Decide Today on Poll Yes or No; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: By Morgan Willis Pakistani electoral officials will decide today whether to go ahead with a January poll, with expectations it could be delayed by up to two months after Benazir Bhutto's assassination plunged the country into crisis. ...
Peace Breaks out in Airport Strikes
The first of a series of new year strikes by workers at seven airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick, was called off last night after a breakthrough in peace talks over a row about pensions. Thousands of firefighters, security and clerical workers...
Police Issue Plea for Calm after Gang Stabbing Death
Byline: by Terry Webster Police have issued a plea for calm and urged further witnesses to come forward in the hunt for the killer of a man in Birmingham's Aston area. The stabbing came less than a mile from the spot of the notorious New Year...
Pounds 50m Hospital to Open Five Weeks Ahead of Schedule
A Midland mental health trust will get the keys to a new 64-bed hospital five weeks ahead of schedule, enabling patients to move in by next May. The new pounds 50 million hospital replaces the existing Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital in Edgbaston,...
Rottweiler Baby Death Was 'Accident Waiting to Happen'
A neighbour of a couple whose rottweiler mauled their 13-month-old baby grandson to death said yesterday the attack was an accident "waiting to happen". Archie-Lee Hirst was killed on Friday by the family pet, which police described as weighing...
School Gap between Rich and Poor 'Is Widening'
The gap in school achievement between children from rich and poor areas is widening, the Conservatives said yesterday. Shadow Education Secretary Michael Gove said his party's analysis showed the so-called "attainment gap", measuring the difference...
Stars Shine at Church as Billie Ties the Knot
Famous names from the worlds of movies and television turned out yesterday for the wedding of Billie Piper and fellow actor Laurence Fox. The pair tied the knot in a 50-minute ceremony at the Parish Church of St Mary's in Easebourne, West Sussex....
Surgeon's Charity Will Save Third World Lives
Byline: By Emma Brady Health Correspondent A Midland transplant surgeon who has helped save hundreds of lives in the region has launched a charity to make the same life-saving operations in developing Third World countries. Andrew Ready, a consultant...
Take the Sophisticated Approach to Net at Work
Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor Companies are taking a more sophisticated approach in a bid to tackle the problem of employees going online for private internet usage. Research from IT firm Dimension Data reveals the extent to which the...
Telecom Finance 2008 to Honour Top Players Who Finance and Advise Industry
Awards for leading players who specialise in financing and professionally advising telecoms, media and technology companies will be announced at the forthcoming Telecom Finance 2008. The award organisers and researchers TelecomFinance and BroadGroup...
The Best Just Keep Getting Better
Byline: PAT MURPHY As England cricket supporters contemplate with resignation a slide down the international Test rankings, they might like to reflect on the confirmation of the old order. Australia remain the best side in the world, with the rest...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Career Anomaly
Over the course of centuries, western democracies have grasped the challenges faced by campaigners for equality in almost every arena. Universal suffrage is now enjoyed by all, laws exist which help to stamp out racism and ageism in the workplace,...
THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Let's Wait a Year to Find If Rail Fare Rise Was Justifie
And so the inevitable nightmare after Christmas has been realised by rail commuters. For many who cram on to the country's rail stock every morning and night, there is little choice over whether they should buy that season ticket - and the rail...
Time for Plain Talking from Our MPs; AGENDA
Byline: CHRIS MONCRIEFF How refreshing it would be if our MPs - from senior Cabinet Ministers right down to the most humble Opposition back-bencher - made a New Year resolution to end political double-speak, and the obscure and misleading language...
Waitrose Looks East with United Arab Emirates Deal; RETAIL
Waitrose is to launch its first overseas store in April after signing a deal for more than 20 supermarkets across the United Arab Emirates. The UK's sixth biggest grocer has struck an agreement with Dubai-based store operator Spinneys to open a...
Why Keira's Dress Leaves Hollywood Green with Envy
The emerald green dress worn by Keira Knightley in Atonement has been voted the best film costume of all time. The bias-cut, backless silk gown, main picture, had fashion editors raving when it first appeared on screen in the drama which was partly...
Window to Drab World Provides No Illumination
Byline: PAT MURPHY Coming to a football club near you - the most boring event of the season: the January transfer window. It generates more rumour, column inches and airtime than anything else from August to May - and yet there's very little...
Wireless Spectrum Auctions on Horizon
Britain is poised to raise the curtain on a new series of wireless spectrum auctions, although few expect anything like the bidding frenzy that cost mobile phone companies over pounds 22 billion in 2000. British telecoms and media regulator Ofcom...
Women Still the Poorer Half in a Relationship
Byline: By Alison Stacey Despite years of closing the gender gap, women are still more likely to end up the poorer half in a relationship when it comes to finances, according to a Birmingham study. Large financial inequalities still exist between...
Zoo Chaos as Tiger Kills Teenager; INTERNATIONAL
Police radio transcripts from the night of a fatal tiger attack revealed a chaotic scene at the San Francisco Zoo as zookeepers struggled to sedate the animal and medics refused to enter until they knew they would be safe. Zoo employees also initially...